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- Print Length: 158 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com (October 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WDVL10W
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"Of Sorrow and Such is a superb work of fiction... Without doubt, Slatter is at the top of her game." ― Peter Tennant, Black Static
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‘Of Sorrow And Such’ is a gripping and beautifully told tale of magic, betrayal, faith, and loyalty, set in Angela Slatter’s alternate universe, a place of witches and shape-shifters, potions and spells. This is a world where the women who wield magic know how to heal and help, as well as hurt and kill. It’s also a world where women like Patience have to keep their magic hidden, unless they want to be hunted down and burned alive by the authorities.
Slatter’s world is an amazing place to explore, familiar yet strange, permeated by magic, yet anchored by characters who feel utterly real. Patience herself is complex and captivating, the kind of character you’d like to meet again in another story. All the characters, but especially the women, are memorable in this tale, whether they are foolish or cruel, brave or self-serving cowards. They feel like real people, people you might meet anywhere, except that some of them are endowed with powers. Even the evil ones are real enough: creatures we’d recognize in our own world.
Angela Slatter’s prose is a thing of beauty. Earthy and sensual, original and vibrant in its tone and melody: it’s a sheer joy to read. She captures everything easily, snaring a place and a mood and a characters just right with a twist of a sentence and the turn of a word. This is a fantasy tale that feels real enough to make a lasting impression and make you hungry for more of Angela Slatter’s witches and shifters.
Mistress Gideon is a witch, and her life in Edda’s Meadow is tenuous at best in a world where witches are regularly killed. When a local and foolish shapeshifter gets herself caught, Gideon finds herself unwittingly involved. And as the authorities are roused to the existence of the supernatural in Edda’s Meadow, Gideon’s life gets more and more dangerous.
Of Sorrow and Such was darker than I had predicted, although the title and summary really should have clued me in to the tone of the story. When have witch hunts ever been anything but dark? The situation spirals inward towards calamity and violence that could not have been avoided. This may be novella and thus a quick read, but it packs one heck of a punch. Expect an intense, atmospheric read.
Gideon herself straddles the line between heroine and anti-heroine. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and she admits that it has led her towards some actions she regrets. I loved her character. She’s an older woman who’s learned some wisdom over the course of her life, and she’s trying to both make amends for her past and create a new future for herself and the women around her.
“Females are seldom remembered once they’ve gone beneath the earth; indeed, many go unremarked while they’re still upon it.”
Mistress Gideon is a rare thing – an independent women living in a patriarchal society. Her very existence could be considered a threat by the authorities, and when you add in witchcraft, what do you get? A woman with power living outside male authority? It’s no wonder her life is precipitous. I loved how Of Sorrow and Such focuses on women, centering their voices and experiences under a patriarchal society that resembles an all to real part of history. These women and the relationships between them are at the core of Of Sorrow and Such, which is more than anything a tale of resistance.
If you pick up Of Sorrow and Such you will find a beautifully written story, one unfortunately relevant to the times we live in.
The main character, the witch Mistress Gideon (formerly Sykes), is always in some degree of peril. Witches are hunted by the church and then burned at the stake in the same villages where they have healed many neighbors with herbs and spells. Once witch hunters arrive at the village of Edda's Meadow in search of Selke, another witch Mistress Gideon has secretly sheltered, not only they but several of the town's other women are in peril. Because, although Mistress Gideon claims to be able to perceive whether anyone has magical ability, she's as surprised as everyone else to discover that some of her neighbors are shapeshifters. They even have a club with monthly meetings. Mistress Gideon has been routinely restoring a woman whose husband is trying to slowly poison her, believing no one else can help. At a crucial moment near the end of the book, the woman's mother-in-law turns out to be a powerful witch eager to protect her daughter-in-law. And there are more deux ex machinas, plus an overly heavy-handed message that Men are Bad and Women Are Good and Support Their Sisters.
If you're a Sourdough/Bitterwood fan, as I am, Of Sorrow and Such is worth reading. But I hope any future works set in this world will be better.
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This is exactly how I felt when I read Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter. (I can't believe, to my shame, it's taken me until now to discover this wonderful author?!) I picked up this book after reading that another equally amazing author Gwendolyn Kiste really admired her.
I didn't know anything about the book before starting it but was absolutely delighted to find out it was about witches! I've long harboured a deep fascination with witches and sorcerers. There's just something so uniquely enduring about the lure of strong powerful women who are able to live beyond the realm of normal, surviving and even prospering through their sheer force of will and keen intellect.
Throughout Of Sorrows and Such are little pearls of wisdom we can all take away with us. Reading this I felt I was learning how to be a witch, like I had been taken under the wing of Patience Gideon, being taught how to think like a witch, how to protect oneself, the sort of people to be wary of, the ones who can be trusted, the sweetness of revenge.
"If you behave as someone with a secret, you will certainly find people digging to discover it. Better still to be like a reflective surface to those around you, smooth and impenetrable, show them nothing more than a gentle smile and listen with compassion to their plaints. Breathe deeply before you answer questions, for a guilty party always blurts and shrieks their innocence.
always - have an escape plan."
The story centres around a powerful witch, Patience Gideon who spends the majority of her life tending to the needs of the local women folk in Edda's Meadow living under great caution. One night Flora Brautigan appears suddenly out for the darkness, upon her door step in dire need of shelter and magic. Patience should have let her die there. Flora is nothing but trouble and in saving her Patience risks everything, her secrets, her daughter and her life.
"I feel as though all my sins are coming home to roost."
I'm finding it hard to put in words just how much I loved this book. I will say that when you start this book, do so when you know you won't be interrupted for a few hours because, believe me, you will have a burning desire to read it in go.
This is a book like a fine wine that you will want to sip and savour, to make it last as long as possible but Angela Slatter won't let you once you're under her spell, you'll be gripped, reading with frenzied fervour as if it is your last night upon this earth.
Underneath this story, there are some really great themes of love, sacrifice, revenge and the power of female friendship, betrayal, of sisterhoods that will always endure. This is a really powerful book of really powerful women. Hopefully one day this book may be studies in school everywhere.
This is a novella primarily about women, with all the characters who appear being well-rounded and believable; they all have strengths and flaws, just like actual human beings do, which isn't always the case when they are written as fictional characters. In particular, the main character Patience has to deal with the difficulties posed by her teenage adoptive daughter, who struggles with the fact that she doesn't have the same powers as Patience and also with more usual teenage issues around attention from the opposite sex. If there's one flaw (other than the fact it's only a novella, which could be considered a flaw, I suppose?) then for me it's how things get tied up in terms of Gilly, Patience's daughter, which seemed a bit of an afterthought.
Anyway, I've enjoyed this author's short fiction as well, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands on something novel-length, though her first published novel (Vigil) is urban fantasy and that's not a genre of which I'm a massive fan. Who knows, maybe Angela Slatter will change my mind?
Angela Slatter is such a fine writer and this story is so gorgeous yet haunting ....I just wish it was more than a novella. But don't let that stop you buying it, it's worth every penny!!